Parks, leisure and the arts Host your event in one of our parks

Manchester parks have a long and historic tradition of hosting events. We host a variety of major events and small events every year.  The unique settings of our parks are a major attraction to event organisers. Our parks have proudly hosted national and international events which have seen millions of visitors.

If you want to hold an event in any of our parks, you will need to seek permission from the park and complete our application form. 

Small Events 

For example:

  • A community family or fun day
  • Fitness groups
  • A guided walk
  • A community sports competition
  • Sponsored walks and fun runs
  • One-off small performing arts events, such as outdoor opera or a theatre production.

For a small event you will be required to provide the following information as part of your application:

  • A risk assessment
  • Up-to-date Public Liability Insurance (£10m minimum) 
  • Agree to any terms and conditions, and payment of any fees for the use of MCC facilities.

Large Events

For large scale events, depending on the content, we may require you to work with our Safety Advisory Group and this process can take up to 6 months, so be mindful to contact us early.

Examples include:

  • Outdoor concerts
  • Festivals
  • Large sponsored runs and walks
  • Large performing arts events (several hundred people at any one time)
  • Large-scale exhibitions
  • Sports tournaments and festivals
  • Any event that would normally involve coordination with a variety of local authority employees and the emergency services or similar.

If your event is agreed in principle, you will need to consider the following:

  • Adequate meetings leading up to your event with relevant MCC staff  (or the Multi Agency Planning Group if required depending on size and nature of event)
  • Full detailed Event Safety Management Plan and Risk Assessment including site map, operational plan and security/stewarding 
  • Signature and agreement of event contract
  • Adherence to premises license conditions
  • Adherence to conditions of use
  • Provision for security where applicable
  • Provision of adequate first aid cover
  • Provision of public liability insurance (£10m minimum)
  • Agreements pertaining to facility fee, costs are dependent on size, nature and infrastructure
  • Agreement for any policing and/or security
  • Agreement for any other costs associated with your event
  • Agreement to provide information as requested by MCC or their representative
  • Agreement to pay a damage deposit for site re-instatement if requested by MCC or their representative
  • Agree to apply for relevant licenses.

Topics that need be considered when planning your event are detailed on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Live animals such as goldfish are not permitted as prizes at funfairs or other events. 

There is a charge for using our parks which covers the costs of administration and services relating to the event.

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